a short film by Nathan Evans
music by David Bowie
2005 | 3 mins | UK
›› Rock 'n' Roll Suicide
the puppetry promo Bowie never made
Rock 'n' Roll Suicide by Nathan Evans For just as time takes a cigarette, a lonely puppet wanders around London dressed in '70s style glitz with six-inch heels to match, desperately searching for someone or something. Not to worry though, for as the day breaks you'll find this is all part of Nathan Evans' puppet promo of the classic Bowie recording.

The song itself detailed the fall of Ziggy Stardust into a washed-up, has-been rock star. Originally the final number on the legendary The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album, RCA Victor, Bowie's record company at the time, ever impatient for new material picked the song for single release in April 1974, inspite of it clearly not being of single status to some. It peaked at number twenty-two in the UK singles chart, yet remains a Bowie classic and the closing number of the Ziggy Stardust act itself.

Mixing real actors, including a scene of two lads kissing, with London locations as a backdrop to the puppet element of the story, the result is a superbly staged three-minute puppet promo, one that is touching, funny and at times quite sad. Oh, no, no, no - you're a rock 'n' roll suicide.
screened as part of the 20th London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2006
with: Jonathan Simpson, Fernando Ramos, Stuart Raine, Patrick Kessler
official website: www.nathanevans.co.uk
Copyright 2006 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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